Uganda finishes 2nd overall at the 4th Africa Cross Country Championships – Yaoundé, Cameroon
Kenya dominated the African Cross Country Championships in Yaounde in Cameroon with a clean sweep for the overall team top performance and victories in all in the individual categories.
Kenya's Isaac Kipsang clocked 21 minutes 33 seconds to win the 8km Junior Men category, coming ahead of country mate, Ronald Kiprotich (21:44) and Eritrea's Aron Kipley (21:48). In the same race, Uganda's only representative Mande Bushendich finished 11th after running 22:41.
Miriam Cherop (18:31) won the Women’s junior category to complete a 1-2-3 all Kenyan finish. Gloria Kite and Wilfred Mbithe were the other two Kenyan women top performers. Uganda fielded Janat Chemusto who finished 14th in a time of 20.44
Phillip Kipyeko registered the best performance for Uganda, finishing second to overall winner, James Rungaru who clocked 26:34 in the Senior Men’s (10km) category. Rungaru with a powerful kick to the finish finished micro seconds off Phillip to take gold.
Uganda scooped the team silver ahead of Ethiopia with the only fielded team; to also scoop overall second position after Kenya.
Team Uganda athletes return on Monday and will address the media at Lugogo.
Selected Performers at Africa Cross Country Championships:
Junior Men - 8km
1st Isaac Kipsang (KEN) 21:33
2nd Ronald Kiprotich (KEN) 21:44
3rd Aron Kipley (ERI) 21:48
11th Mande Bushendich (UGA) 22:41
Junior Women - 6km
1st Miriam Cherop (KEN) 18:31
2nd Gloria Kite (KEN) 18:39
3rd Wilfred Mbithe (KEN) 18:40
14th Janat Chemusto (UGA) 20:44
Senior Women - 8km:
1st Aprot Naworirana (KEN) 29:52
2nd Sheila Chepkurui (KEN) 30:44
3rd Beatrice Mutai (KEN) 31:08
10th Stella Chesang (UGA) 32:42
Senior Men - 12km:
1st James Rungaru (KEN) 26:34
2nd Philip Kipyeko (UGA) 26:35
3rd Charles Yosei (KEN) 26:46
8th Abdallah Mande (UGA) 27:15
9th Daniel Rotich (UGA) 27:38
11th Thomas Ayeko (UGA) 27:55